The cathedral may not seem as immediately spectacular as some English cathedrals, but it is architecturally very special. The great architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, wrote that the choir, when it was built in the14th century, was the most architecturally advanced in the whole of Europe. The choir is a hall church i.e. the aisles are as high as the main body of the building. Interestingly, in the aisles, there are horizontal buttresses, to carry the thrust of the stone vault to the outside walls, with smaller vaults perched on them. A very ingenious design. Notice, too, how the elegant arches have no capitals - the mouldings continue, uninterrupted, right around the arch. The ribbed vault is extremely elegant - a lierne (short ribs) vault with cusps (the thorn-like mouldingss that decorate the ribs).
The Norman chapter house is amazing - a frenzy of geometric ornament.
The Victorian nave copies the design of the medieval choir.
This is a great building for architectural buffs, but well worth visiting by anyone who appreciates fine buildings.
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